April Birthday Party

Sunday, April 14, 2019

We had a great time Sunday sharing in the joy of celebrating the birthdays for 4 of our recipients! Our thanks to our volunteers for your help in making the day special, as well as to Roth’s for the tasty refreshments, to Debi Thurman for the delicious cupcakes, and to the Polk County Service Club for the fun party space!

A Very Merry Unbirthday Party

Friday, April 12, 2019

What a fantastic night!

We are sincerely grateful to everyone who attended our inaugural event for your support, for participating in our tasting adventures, and for playing our whimsical games. Many thanks as well to our awesome volunteers, wonderful sponsors, and generous prize, raffle, and wine pull donors for your part in making the event so successful. And our gratitude to Eola Hills for the venue and tasty wine, to Loustic Catering for the delicious food and shrubs, to Nathan Anderson for the delightful music, to Debi Thurman for making the awesome raffle baskets, to Danny Jaffer for crafting the fabulous game boards, to Phil Wright for the amazing photos, and especially to Suzanne for sharing her story.

Because of ALL of you, we generated over $10,000, including gifts in-kind, to support our mission of celebrating birthdays for underserved youth and seniors in our community! It truly was a very merry night!

Founders’ Circle Celebration

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Thank you to our Founders’ Circle for your generous support!

Our Founders’ Circle:
Premier Partner: Polk County Service Club, Frank & Ashley Roe, Tommy & Jean Love

Community Champion: Kevin & Lara Kempka, David & Debbie Kerns, John & Betsy Messer, Phil Wright

Founding Friend: Steven & Winnie Goto, George Jeffery, Paul Kyllo, Jen & Molly McDermond, Julia Parks & Chris Wilson, Monmouth Hardware, in honor of Ann Collins & in honor of Barbara Freeze by Lara Kempka & Jean Love, in memory of Mike Moran by Pat Stineff

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December Birthday Party

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Happy Birthday to our recipients who celebrated their special day during our first monthly birthday party! Everyone had a great time playing games, winning prizes, enjoying refreshments, and, of course, celebrating our special attendees!

Santa Train

Saturday, December 1, 2018

We had a great time participating in this year’s Santa Train and were happy to offer the children festive coloring sheets, stickers, and more!

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Back to School Bash

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A fun time for all! We were thrilled to help with school supplies by handing out crayons and colored pencils as part of the Back to School Bash! Plus, we had coloring sheets, stickers, and more!

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Polk County Fair

August 9-11, 2018

What a great opportunity to introduce people from Polk County and beyond to The Thoughts & Gift Project! Plus, we had some really nice giveaways! 

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Independence Riverview
Farmers Market

Saturdays, June-September, 2018

On Saturdays, you could find us in downtown Independence at the farmers market. What a great opportunity to meet people and build awareness of the services we provide! 

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Founders’ Celebration

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A fabulous kickoff event, our Founders’ Celebration was attended by over 50 people and raised over $6000 to provide a great foundation for The Thoughts & Gifts Project!